Lewis v. Swicki et al

Filing 5

PRISCS-INITIAL REVIEW ORDER, Answer deadline updated for Butkiewicus to 7/3/2013; Stewart to 7/3/2013; Swicki to 7/3/2013., ( Discovery due by 11/25/2013, Dispositive Motions due by 12/24/2013) Signed by Judge Alvin W. Thompson on 4/23/2013.(Payton, R.)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT CHRISTOPHER J.M. LEWIS, Plaintiff, v. LIEUTENANT SWICKI, et al., Defendants. : : : : : : : CASE NO. 3:13-cv-495(AWT) INITIAL REVIEW ORDER The plaintiff, Christopher J.M. Lewis, currently incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Center in Suffield, Connecticut, has filed a complaint pro se under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (2000). He names as defendants Lieutenant Swicki, Captain Butkiewicus and Correctional Officer Stewart. The plaintiff alleges that the defendants failed to protect him from harm by another inmate. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915A (2000), the court must review prisoner civil complaints and dismiss any portion of the complaint that is frivolous or malicious, that fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. Id. In reviewing a pro se complaint, the court must assume the truth of the allegations, and interpret them liberally to “raise the strongest arguments [they] suggest[].” 636, 639 (2d Cir. 2007). Abbas v. Dixon, 480 F.3d Although detailed allegations are not required, the complaint must include sufficient facts to afford the defendants fair notice of the claims and the grounds upon which they are based and to demonstrate a right to relief. Atlantic v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555-56 (2007). allegations are not sufficient. 678 (2009). Conclusory Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, The plaintiff must plead “enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” U.S. at 570. Bell Twombly, 550 But “‘[a] document filed pro se is to be liberally construed and a pro se complaint, however inartfully pleaded, must be held to less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers.’” Boykin v. KeyCorp., 521 F.3d 202, 214 (2d Cir. 2008) (quoting Erickson v. Pardus, 551 U.S. 89, 94 (2007)). The incident underlying the complaint occurred while the plaintiff was confined at Northern Correctional Institution. The plaintiff alleges that defendants Swicki and Butkiewicus were aware that, in July 2010, information was intercepted that the plaintiff would be harmed in the near future. On November 25, 2010, the plaintiff was in Phase One of the Security Risk Group Safety Threat Member Program. A requirement of the program is that inmates be handcuffed behind their backs whenever they leave their cells including during outdoor recreation. On that date, defendant Stewart strip searched a high security inmate. Shortly thereafter, the inmate slipped his handcuffs to the front and assaulted the plaintiff with a 4" piece of metal. 2 The plaintiff was unable to defend himself. The plaintiff’s claims will proceed against the defendants in their individual capacities. ORDERS In accordance with the foregoing analysis, the court enters the following orders: (1) The Clerk shall verify the current work addresses for each defendant with the Department of Correction Office of Legal Affairs, and mail waiver of service of process request packets to each defendant at his or her confirmed address within fourteen (14) days of this order. The Clerk shall report to the court on the status of that waiver request on the thirty-fifth (35) day after mailing. If any defendant fails to return the waiver request, the Clerk shall make arrangements for in-person service by the U.S. Marshals Service on that defendant in his or her individual capacity and the defendant shall be required to pay the costs of such service in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d). (2) The Clerk shall send a courtesy copy of the Complaint and this order to the Connecticut Attorney General and the Department of Correction Legal Affairs Unit. (3) The defendants shall file their response to the complaint, either an answer or motion to dismiss, within seventy (70) days from the date of this order. If they choose to file an answer, they shall admit or deny the allegations and respond to 3 the cognizable claims recited above. They also may include any and all additional defenses permitted by the Federal Rules. (4) Discovery, pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26 through 37, shall be completed within seven months (210 days) from the date of this order. Discovery requests need not be filed with the court. (5) All motions for summary judgment shall be filed within eight months (240 days) from the date of this order. (6) Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 7(a), a nonmoving party must respond to a dispositive motion within twenty-one (21) days of the date the motion was filed. If no response is filed, or the response is not timely, the dispositive motion can be granted absent objection. (7) If the plaintiff changes his address at any time during the litigation of this case, Local Court Rule 83.1(c)2 provides that the plaintiff MUST notify the court. result in the dismissal of the case. Failure to do so can The plaintiff must give notice of a new address even if he is incarcerated. The plaintiff should write PLEASE NOTE MY NEW ADDRESS on the notice. It is not enough to just put the new address on a letter without indicating that it is a new address. If the plaintiff has more than one pending case, indicate the case numbers in the notification of change of address. The plaintiff should also notify the defendants or the attorney for the defendants of his 4 new address. It is so ordered. Dated this 23rd day of April 2013, at Hartford, Connecticut. /s/AWT Alvin W. Thompson United States District Judge 5

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